This particular radio is in a very nice original vintage cosmetic condition with just very few usage marks. The tube radio picks up LW, MW, and UKW signals (Broadcast, Long Wave, and FM).
This combination was designed by Dieter Rams and Hans Gugelot (Bauhaus / Ulmer Schule HFG aka "Ulm College of Design"). It's a classic example of early'New Functionalism'. Graphite enamel on metal face plate, chassis in beech veneer. As already mentioned cosmetic is for its years very nice with some very few signs of wear and age. So the veneers and steel sheet are in a very good condition with no areas of significant loss or other forms of major damage.The +50 years are here and there visible, but overall the condition is very good. The circular grille is clean and free of dirt or rust etc. As mentioned paint finish is in excellent condition with consistent color.
Backside board is even and in a very good condition with valve map fixed on inside surface. Interior is clean, but it has not been cleaned. Weight is approx 8 kg or 17,6 lb.Dimensions are approx: 50 x 25,5 x 18 cm / 19.7 x 10 x 7.1 inch. Built-in voltage converter for 110,125,150,220 and 240 Volt. All switches and knobs work well trebble, bass, etc. The radio has some nice reception even without an external antenna. A truly design classic by Dieter Rams which is in many museum permanent collections, including MOMA. Please see my other auctions for that and other Braun design classics. BRAUN RT20 // DIETER RAMS (1932- present). The clarity of form and minimalist design vocabulary associated with the German designer Dieter Rams is closely identified with the BRAUN Company. Many of his designs for domestic appliances and audio equipment feature in the permanent collections of leading museums that collect and promote design, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, in New York, which began to collect Braun products in 1958. After studying architecture at the Wiesbaden Academy of Applied Arts from 1947 to 1953 he spent three years as an apprentice cabinetmaker. This was followed by a period in architectural offices until he joined Braun in 1955. Rams epitomized the clean, austere appearance associated with a functional aesthetic and with associate designer, Hans Gugelot. The Braun range won every international design prize going. At this time he was also involved in furniture development with the designer, physicist, and entrepreneur Otto Zapf (born 1931). As Braun's design director (from1960), he was responsible for establishing a cleanly stated and distinctive aesthetic for a wide range of products from kitchen appliances to alarm clocks, calculators, lighters, and electric razors. This aesthetic was also in tune with the outlook of the Hochschule für Gestaltung (ULMER SCHOOL), a progressive design academy with links to Braun that had been first established in 1954.
His clearly articulated and austere 606-shelf unit for Vitsoe (1960) remained in production for more than 40 years. He has held a number of academic posts including, from 1981, a professorship in industrial design in Hamburg. In 1987 he became president of the German Rat-F-R-Formgebung (Design Council), which for many years had promoted the values associated with ideas of good design.In a recent design magazine (ICON), Rams is quoted as saying, As designers we have a great responsibility. I believe designers should eliminate the unnecessary. That means eliminating everything that is modish because this kind of thing is only short lived. Dieter Rams has received many international design awards throughout his career and his work is considered to be design classics of the highest. Very nice original vintage cosmetic condition. Please no personal or postal checks. Super equipment, made by Braun. The item "BRAUN RT 20 DIETER RAMS Design Tube Radio Hans Gugelot Tabletop Vintage Bauhaus" is in sale since Saturday, January 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods/Styles\Modernist". The seller is "vende_se" and is located in Werdohl. This item can be shipped worldwide.